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‘American Idol’: Katy Perry Gives “A Part Of Me,” Elise Testone Gets A Send-Off Salute

Carl Williott // April 27, 2012

American Idol’s live elimination show on Thursday night (Apr. 26) was “over the top,” as Steven Tyler would say, bursting at the seams with three performances and a field trip (the contestants descended into the second circle of Hell a/k/a the TMZ offices). Before we learned that raspy rocker Elise Testone had tallied the fewest… More »


‘American Idol’: Queen Open Their Songbook To The Top 6

Carl Williott // April 26, 2012

Queen returned to the American Idol stage Wednesday night (Apr. 25) to perform a medley of their hits with the final six contestants. Unfortunately, Roger Taylor and Brian May traveled sans Freddie Mercury hologram. (And in case his little stint with Lady Gaga didn’t convince you, May’s still got it, people.) After the medley, each… More »


‘American Idol’: LMFAO Rock Colton Dixon’s Farewell Party

Carl Williott // April 20, 2012

After 53 million votes cast (good job, America!), we’re down to six contestants on American Idol. Colton Dixon found himself in the bottom three for the first time this season, but in a bit of a shocker he didn’t beat out consistent bottom-dwellers Elise Testone and Hollie Cavanagh. So the dreamy Colton and his skunk-hawk… More »


‘American Idol’: The Top 7 Singers Bring Their A-Game

Carl Williott // April 19, 2012

It was a Top 7 double dose on American Idol as the contestants each performed a hit from the 2000’s as well as a retro soul song. But overshadowing all that, and the drama of Jessica Sanchez’s save, was the death of Dick Clark. So the show began with Ryan Seacrest saying a few wordsMore »


‘American Idol’: Jessica Sanchez Sinks To The Bottom; Jennifer Hudson, Ne-Yo And James Durbin Perform

Carl Williott // April 13, 2012

After 11 seasons of American Idol, we all know the results shows are just an hour-long Idol commercial. Sure, you get some quality performances thrown in (and last night’s by James Durbin and Jennifer Hudson were very entertaining), but usually it’s just a “fast forward until they announce the bottom three” affair. That was not… More »


‘American Idol’: Akon And The Top 7 Go Au Courant

Carl Williott // April 12, 2012

Last night’s American Idol was a weird one. Akon outdid Diddy as the season’s most inconsequential mentor (shocker!), while Steven Tyler went on an animal bender: He wore a gator skin robe and said things like “the crows may crow, but the hens deliver the goods.” (Translation: This season’s males can sing, but the female… More »


‘American Idol’: The Wanted Perform, And DeAndre Is Unwanted

Idolator Staff // April 6, 2012

Last night’s American Idol elimination show offered up the clubby pop of British sensation The Wanted and the return of Season 5 country cutie Kellie Pickler. But it was the melodramatic montage featuring Tears For Fears’ “Shout” that set the tone for the night, because Idol voters delivered one of the first shockers of the season. After… More »


‘American Idol’: Gwen Stefani Helps The Top 8 Tackle The ’80s

Carl Williott // April 5, 2012

Last night on American Idol the Top 8 sang the ’80s. But instead of using Tang and Ocean Pacific for inspiration, the contestants got to train with Gwen Stefani and No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal. And as they have all year, the singers stepped up to the challenge, giving us some of the best performance… More »


‘American Idol’: Nicki Minaj & Scotty McCreery Perform, Heejun Han Sent Home

Carl Williott // March 30, 2012

Last night the American Idol contestants were spoiled with compliments from the artists they covered under Stevie Nicks’ care and attention — and with performances by Nicki Minaj and Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery. And that was before we got to see how truly spoiled the kids are in their new posh Chez Idol digs. How… More »


‘American Idol’: Stevie Nicks Coaches The Top 9

Carl Williott // March 29, 2012

We’re down to single digits on American Idol, and as the numbers fall, the stakes (and number of tears) rise. Last night the remaining singers were tasked with covering their idols, with the legendary Stevie Nicks serving as mentor. During rehearsals, Nicks warmed them up like a proud mother hen and even sang… More »


‘American Idol’: Lana Del Rey Performs And, Oh Yeah, Someone Is Eliminated

Carl Williott // March 23, 2012

Last night on American Idol we found out which nine contestants would be moving into Chez Idol, but let’s be honest, we didn’t tune in to see who America kicked off. We wanted to see if “indie pop sensation” Lana Del Rey would face-plant like she did on Saturday Night Live a couple… More »


‘American Idol’: Top 10 Take On Billy Joel

Carl Williott // March 22, 2012

Last night the Top 10 touring American Idol contestants took on Billy Joel’s all-American songbook. (Sadly, “We Didn’t Start The Fire” wasn’t included.) And who better to mentor the singers during Billy Joel week than … Diddy? (JLo apparently has a thing for working with exes on reality competition shows.) Tommy Hilfiger wa… More »


Details Inside Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games” Performance On ‘American Idol’

Becky Bain // March 16, 2012

Love her or hate her, Lana Del Rey is still big enough to score airtime on some major TV shows. After last night’s live results show of American Idol wrapped, the singer taped her performance of “Video Games” (which will air next Thursday) twice in front of a 16-member orchestra. Lana, who appeared nervous during… More »


‘American Idol’: A Blondie Bids Adieu

Carl Williott // March 16, 2012

Last night’s American Idol whittled down the contestants to the Top 10 instead of the Top 11, thanks to Jermaine Jones’ oopsy-daisy of concealing the five warrants out for his arrest. It was a crucial cut in the Idol universe because once you hit that hurdle, you’ve made the summer tour. We had an all-female… More »


‘American Idol’: Joshua Ledet Makes A Power Grab

Carl Williott // March 15, 2012

With Steven Tyler looking even more like Jack Sparrow than usual, we assumed it was going to be a special night on American Idol, and we were right. The Top 12 (actually, Top 11 — bye bye, Jermaine) remaining contestants chose songs from their birth year, which meant parent interviews and awkward home videos! More »


‘American Idol’ Contestant Jermaine Jones Kicked Off For Lying About Criminal Past

Becky Bain // March 13, 2012

If you thought fainting and kidney stones was enough drama for American Idol this season, get ready for this: Jermaine Jones, one of the Top 12 contestants has been kicked off the show for concealing multiple crimes from the producers, according to TMZ. The the 23-year-old hopeful confirmed this by sending out a tweet (which… More »


Lana Del Rey To Perform On ‘American Idol’

Becky Bain // March 13, 2012

Despite tanking her first high-profile gig on US television, Lana Del Rey will appear and perform on American Idol, reports MJs Big Blog. The “Video Games” singer’s name was listed on audience members’ tickets along with Daughtry and Demi Lovato, who are scheduled to perform on Thursday’s results show, though Lana’s appearance will be… More »


‘American Idol’ Contestant Phillip Phillips Rushed To Doctor’s Office

Becky Bain // March 9, 2012

American Idol Season 11’s health scare is far from over. Fan favorite Phillip Phillips was hospitalized Thursday morning for emergency treatment after complaining of severe pains in his abdomen. Phillips’ dad revealed that his son suffered from kidney stones, and had had five previous procedures to remove them. The acoustic singer was well enough to… More »


‘American Idol’: And The First One To Be Eliminated Is…

Carl Williott // March 9, 2012

The judges were forced to dash somebody’s hopes last night, and so we’re down to the dirty dozen, but only after performances by Mary J. Blige and Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina, plus a group-sing of Stevie Wonder’s “As”. And has anyone ever stood out during those ensemble performances the way Jermaine JonesMore »


‘American Idol’: Whitney Houston Tribute Night Goes Better Than Expected

Carl Williott // March 8, 2012

With the shadow of Whitney Houston looming large over American Idol’s momentous 400th episode, the theme of last night’s show may as well have been: “We’ve set you guys up for failure, so just throw us your best Whitney impression and pray for the best.” At least the guys caught a break, being… More »


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